The first sign of Christmas in this house is Dolly's birthday. It happens later this week, which we consider a lucky break as she was actually due on Christmas Day. She's a millenium baby - I'll leave you to do the maths! (she'll be 7 Pluto)
She likes the Christmas trees up for her birthday, so I put them up at the end of last week (yes, even the real one, which is dropping already!) We've had our first mulled wine and in Tesco yesterday I was able to buy the brandy cream. I've not made any pudding yet to put it on, so on Christmas Day I might just open the tub, set it in the middle of the table and hand out spoons. Sounds like a plan!